Profile

I am a final-year PhD candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) within the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). I am fortunate to be advised by Prof. Asu Ozdaglar from MIT LIDS/EECS and Prof. Daron Acemoglu from MIT Economics. I anticipate graduating in Spring 2022.

The focuses of my research include network models and learning with specific applications to game theory, economics, and finance, and a particular focus on systemic risk in endogenous financial networks and the spread of misinformation in social (media) networks. My Google Scholar profile is located here and my CV is available for download:

While my research areas are quite broad, my more recent research concentrates on answering the following questions, both through the lens of theoretical models and through empirical field studies:

(1) What makes social media users (e.g., users on Facebook or Twitter) more or less likely to share misinformation?

(2) How do the strategic sharing incentives of users shape platform algorithms (i.e., personalized user recommendations) and the likelihood that misinformation will “go viral”?

(3) How does the presence of misinformation on social media platforms influence its users’ beliefs about the truth (e.g., whether vaccines are safe)?

(4) To what capacity does social inequality (i.e., a lack of educational resources for marginalized groups) exacerbate the influence and spread of misinformation, and how can it be corrected?

(5) Which types of interventionist policies are effective in reducing the influence of misinformation, and when do such policies have backfire potential?

Personal Information. I was born in Seattle, WA and spent the first few years of my childhood in Seattle before my family moved to La Spezia, Italy (about equidistant from Genoa and Florence in Northern Italy). In 2001, my family moved to San Diego, CA, and in 2008 we moved to West Linn, OR, where I went to high school.

Besides research and other activities at MIT, I have a broad array of interests and hobbies. I am currently preparing for the October 2022 Chicago Marathon, and run with the Portland Running Company running club semi-weekly. In the summer and fall, I am an avid golfer and a student member of the Oregon Golf Association (OGA). In the winter and early spring, I enjoy skiing at Mt. Hood and Mt. Bachelor while in Oregon and at Killington and Wildcat while in New England. I’m a close follower of Major League Baseball (MLB) and the National Football League (NFL), with my favorite teams being the Seattle Mariners and the Seattle Seahawks, respectively (as tough as that may be).